Monday, August 03, 2015

Oh, I'll be getting myself in some trouble now!

I did some shopping on line last week.  On Saturday, this arrived at my door:

Yesterday, I was doing this:

I'd always been a little leery of kayaking, because the boats are somewhat heavy and hard to lug around for someone my size.  Add to that the whole having-to-cartop thing, and while I wanted to be able to get out on the water, I just wasn't sure it was doable. 

But I started doing some research, and I discovered inflatable kayaks!  Lightweight, easy and quick to inflate, and able to be carried in the back of a car!  Oh, I was all over that.

 Look!  There's a UFO in this picture!:

Not really.  I was trying to get a pic of a hawk.

I paddled right up to this duck family:

And I was flabbergasted when a bald eagle started circling above me and then splashed down into the water after a fish, not fifty feet in front of my boat.

(There's an eagle in that picture, honest; look for the white blob against the shoreline on the right.  I didn't have time to zoom in before he was off again.)

Kayaking, man.  What TOOK me so long?!


~~Silk said...

Wow! Congratulations!

We live a few doors from Raritan Bay, and Daughter and Hercules have kayaks, but as you pointed out, the loading and unloading is such a pain that they don't go often. I tried to buy them the ORU folding kayaks one year for their anniversary, but they didn't want them. (Why? Because they don't go that often. Um, and why do you not go that often. pray tell?) Now I'm trying to talk them into a kayak trailer.

Inflatable is an excellent compromise. --- as long as an eagle doesn't land on it.

Becs said...

Where is your personal flotation device? WHERE IS IT???

rockygrace said...

~~Silk, yep, it's a good idea to stay away from sharp objects (like talons!) when you're in an inflatable craft.

and Becs, it's that orange thing! Right beneath my feet!